PORTHMADOG manager Craig Papirnyk did not get the perfect send off as his side were beaten 2-0 at home by Guilsfield.

The popular figure is stepping down at the Huws Gray Alliance side after a hugely successful spell in charge, but he was unable to sign off with three points in their final league outing.

Papirnyk, said: “Poor performance today by Port and we missed out on runners up, so I am gutted with the result.

“Credit to the Guils, they fully deserved the win, no excuses. That’s the end of the road for me, now on to pastures new.

“I can’t thank the Porthmadog club and its supporters enough for everything over the years, gutted to be leaving but wish everyone all the best going forward.”

The home side found it difficult to cope with the conditions in the opening exchanges and they fell behind on seven minutes when Luke Francis latched on to a misplaced place before firing confidently past Paul Pritchard to open the scoring.

George Clifton and Chris Cathrall both spurned good chances for the Guils’ to extend their advantage soon after, with Tomos Emlyn blazing Port’s chance of the half over the bar on 40 minutes.

They were made to pay for this miss just before the break as evergreen striker Danny Barton diverted a Jake Cook delivery into the net to double their advantage at a crucial stage of the contest.

After the break saw the host pile on the pressure in search of a route back into the contest, with Gruff John, Rob Evans, Shaun Cavanagh and Julian Williams all spurning good opportunities during the initial stages of the period.

Pritchard had to be at his best to deny Barton a second with a stunning save midway through the half, and Port were left frustrated in the closing moments to ensure they concluded a very successful campaign with defeat.